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New Map of Legal and Illegal Trails

March 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on New Map of Legal and Illegal Trails
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Judith has drawn a new map of the legal (in green) and illegal (in red) trails in Madrona Woods. She missed a few illegal trails, but this is a very good start in any case. At some point there may be more red than green. In fact, there is no reason in principle why the vandal couldn’t cover all of the level space in red, so to speak. He appears to have lots of time and energy!

Madrona Woods Downsizing

January 26, 2017 by · Comments Off on Madrona Woods Downsizing
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It’s time for us to reduce our efforts in Madrona Woods. This year we will only have work parties in the odd months. That is Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov if you’re keeping score at home. We will also get rid of some extraneous tool boxes, tools, and gloves.

Our next work party is Sat Jan 28. Signup and details are here. Mostly we will try to measure the length of the illegal trails, and compare it with that of the legal trails. The vandal has been busy and unless he is stopped he will eventually turn most every level spot in the woods into a trail. If you have suggestions on how to stop him, please come to the work party.

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A Long Task List, Soon to Get Longer

September 6, 2016 by · Comments Off on A Long Task List, Soon to Get Longer
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We’re in “maintenance mode” in Madrona Woods. In theory, this is a leisurely, self-congratulatory pursuit, where we keep track of the success of our past restoration work. In practice it is nothing of the kind. This new, wonderful, up-to-date task list summarizes trouble spots that need extra work, plus ongoing maintenance needs. If someone, somewhere, actually reads this and wants more information, please contact Peter Mason 206-388-6490.

Great Day in Late May

May 28, 2016 by · Comments Off on Great Day in Late May
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Our regular “4th Saturday” work party went well today. It wasn’t too hot. It didn’t rain. We cleared vegetation away from the trails and from 38th Ave. We piled said vegetation to try to block our local trail builder. We spread burlap and mulched next to 38th Ave. Everyone helped. Thanks to all.

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Planting Trees Required Pulling the Archangel

March 1, 2016 by · Comments Off on Planting Trees Required Pulling the Archangel
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On Saturday, Feb 27, we pulled nasty invasive yellow achangel.

We planted over 100 conifers thanks to Evergreen Carbon Capture at Forterra.

And we were only three volunteers! Imagine what we could have done with more people!!

2015 Volunteer Hours Report

February 1, 2016 by · Comments Off on 2015 Volunteer Hours Report
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I had nothing to do on a rainy afternoon so I wrote some code to massage the massive spreadsheets produced by the Green Seattle Partnership’s Cedar system, where all our volunteer hours and work logs are supposedly entered. I had been suggesting all kinds of fixes to Cedar, and sounding like a real complainer. So why not actually prototype something as a suggestion? The picture below is a screen-shot from the resulting pdf file. The system I set up can produce this summary for any of the hundred (or so) parks and natural areas that the GSP manages.

 

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Cool GIS Map of our Park

January 23, 2016 by · Comments Off on Cool GIS Map of our Park
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The Green Seattle Partnership has worked to track restoration all over Seattle. This is encapsulated in an online map, where you can search for a park (like Madrona Park, or Lakeridge Park), or just zoom and browse. You can click on ecological regions within a park, and find all kinds of data like acreage, phase (restoration progrees), target forest type (plant ecosystem), and steepness of slope. Believe me, the steepness matters. Click here for the city-wide map. A version of the map of Madrona Woods is below.

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Woods Workout with a Difference

December 23, 2015 by · Comments Off on Woods Workout with a Difference
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Are you (like me) looking to burn off holiday pounds? Tired of the same old boring inside jazzercise, zumba, yoga, rumba, et cetera exercise? Does that person bossing you around while you exercise bother you?? We promise you a free range, full body, self-directed exercise experience.

For a limited time only, try the patented “Madrona Woods dig out holly stumps on slippery steep slopes” workout. This unique cross training solution features: digging, sawing, lopping, chopping, prying, pulling, and, if you’re like me, swearing. The small stumps in the picture took about 2 person-hours to remove from the steep clay slope. Want to join up? We are looking for a few good people. Check out our friendly work party events here. And if you only click, please like our facebook page here. This is a limited offer because at some point we are going to dig out all of these blasted stumps, and put ourselves out of business. I fervently hope!

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Rebirth/Regeneration

November 10, 2015 by · Comments Off on Rebirth/Regeneration
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Usually people, appropriately enough, write about rebirth in the spring. But restoration geeks sometimes think a bit backwards. Fall is the opposite of spring. We give damaged nature a helping hand by transplanting native plants into natural areas, and we do it in the fall to maximize survival rates. We have a fall planting event coming up in Madrona Woods on Sat Nov 28, from 10-1. Please join us.

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Another way to think about rebirth is: “out with the old, in with the new.” The picture above shows recent large fallen branches from a 100 year old big leaf maple that is nearing the end of its lifespan.

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This picture shows one of dozens of new Douglas fir trees that are regenerating (growing from seed) in Madrona Woods. They’re all in a relatively small spot where we cleared ivy in 2007. Their ancestor (150 ft tall or so) is nearby. In the last 10 years nearby trees and branches have fallen, creating a window of sunshine. This is a sign of a self-sustaining conifer forest, one of the primary goals in our project. When the deciduous, short lifespan maples and alders die, we want the long lifespan evergreen conifers to be able to succeed them and establish themselves as the biggest, baddest trees around.

Pre-Olmstead Plans for Madrona Woods

October 7, 2015 by · Comments Off on Pre-Olmstead Plans for Madrona Woods
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Thanks to Jennie Grant for sending me this 1905 map that shows 38th Ave, 39th Ave, and Marion St all cutting directly across what is now Madrona Woods. Plus there is an alley between 38th and 39th. Building these roads would have taken a lot of construction! I think we can probably all agree we’re glad this plan was never implemented.

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    The Friends of Madrona Woods strive to restore the Woods to a healthy, natural state by removing non-native invasive plants and revegetating with diverse native plants and to make the Woods safe and accessible through an environmentally friendly trail system.